Review: Erik Hassle live at Pianos NYC

Posted by The G on March 24, 2015 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

Photos and words by G.

Erik Hassle

Erik Hassle

On March 23, 2015, Sweden’s Erik Hassle played a sold-out show at Pianos in New York.  The show was announced at the last minute, making it even more impressive that fans packed the house for the criminally underrated pop/soul singer.  Erik Hassle is currently supporting New Zealand’s Broods (see video I shot at one of their first ever US shows here) and decided to book a solo gig where he showcased several new songs in front of an adoring crowd, which also included his parents and many of his friends from Sweden.  Erik Hassle has a hell of a voice, very soulful and his dance moves on stage will make you fall in love with him.

I would normally be posting a video I took at the show, but sadly the Youtube police are after me at the moment for copyright infringement – despite the fact that I don’t make a penny from my Youtube account AND I post concert videos with the intention of turning my readers onto music they probably would not be exposed to without my site.   Thanks for sticking up for me (and all the others that are in a similar position) bands, managers, etc – NOT!  Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?!

Erik Hassle - Pianos

Erik Hassle – Pianos

So in the absence of a live version of “Innocence Lost,” which I would have loved to have posted, you should definitely check out that song.  It’s amazing!  If you want to see the video, you can come over to my place.  Ha!  As an alternate plan, for my international readers, you can see a little clip of “Fuck The Pain Away” on my Instagram account.   In addition, you can hear samples of many Erik Hassle tracks on his official website (link will open in a new window).  Before his final song of the night “No Words,” Erik mentioned that the song will be available as a single in the next few weeks, so be on the look out for that song.  It was great!  Follow him on his Soundcloud page for updates.

Erik Hassle is supporting Broods on the following dates, so make sure you don’t miss his set (because it will likely be as good if not better than the main act).

03/25 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
03/26 – Trocadero Theater – Philadelphia, PA
03/27 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
03/28 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC
03/29 – Masquerade (Hell Stage) – Atlanta, GA
03/31 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
04/01 – Trees – Dallas, TX
04/02 – Emo’s – Austin, TX

Erik Hassle Pianos Setlist

Erik Hassle Pianos Setlist

Thanks for a great show Erik.  Can’t wait to see you again!

Grimes Dominates New York (Art Show and Concert Review)

Posted by The G on March 24, 2012 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.  Art by Claire Boucher aka Grimes.

Claire Boucher aka Grimes

Claire Boucher aka Grimes is on the verge of becoming a megastar!  She certainly has the talent and she showed off two sides of her craft in New York on March 23, 2012.  Kicking the night off, she had her first exhibition of her art called “Visuals” in New York at Audio Visual Arts (located at 34 East 1st Street). Original drawings that have ended up on her records were on display and though it’s hard to tell from these photos, there is A LOT going on in her illustrations.  If you want to see these works of art in person, the exhibit is only up for two days, so do not delay!



I spoke with Claire aka Grimes at her show and congratulated her on her success and on her big night in New York which not only featured her first art exhibition, but afterwards she performed TWO sold out shows at Mercury Lounge.  She joked that she was not feeling well, so while excited, she told me she expected to be in bed early.

Grimes at Mercury Lounge

Grimes at Mercury Lounge

A couple of hours later, Grimes headed down to Mercury Lounge, where I caught her early show.  Her music has great dance/pop beats and like all great artists, she incorporated trippy visuals to her show.  Opening act and fellow Canadians Born Gold helped Grimes out on the beats. Their set was a 40 minute dance party that was filled with chunky beats and an awesome light show and the lead singer wore a jacket that was wired with lights that lit up to the beat.  Once Grimes took the stage, the Mercury Lounge was on fire!  In between songs, the audience expressed their love for Grimes and she returned the love by playing an hour long set that was a non-stop dance party. She sampled herself to make backing vocals and she played the majority of her new album “Visions.”  I am sure you’ll be hearing and seeing a lot more to come from Grimes as she’s only 24 years old and already has a pretty substantial body of work under her (very fashionable) belt.

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